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Table of Contents 

Seasons 3 

Hunter-Education Requirement 3 

How Turkey Season is Set 3 

General Information for All Hunters 4 

Feral Hogs 4 

Permit Information 5 

Sunrise Table 5 

Resident Landowner Permits 6 

Apprentice Hunter Authorization 6 

Turkey Population Status 7 

Turkey Hunting Regulations on Department Areas 8 

Walk-In Hunting Areas 15 

Managed Hunts 16 

How to Tell a Gobbler from a Hen 18 

Using e-Permits 19 

Tagging and Checking 20 

How to use Telecheck 21 

Wildlife Coc/e Turkey Hunting Regulations 22 

Hunting Incidents and Safety 22 




Director, Department of Conservation 

Robert L Ziehmer 
The Conservation Commission 

Don C Bedell 

James T. Blair, IV 

Don R.Johnson 

Becky L Plattner 

Missouri Department of Conservation 

P.O. Box 180 

Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180 

573-751-4115 

mdc.mo.gov 

Equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs of the Missouri 

Department of Conservation is available to all individuals without regard to their 

race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Questions should be directed to the 

Department of Conservation, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102, 573-751-4115 

(voice) or 800-735-2966 (TTY), or to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of 

Federal Assistance, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: MBSP-4020, Arlington, VA 22203. 



What's New for 201 2 

► Hunters with developmental disabilities who have 
taken a hunter-education course but failed to pass the 
certification tests now may purchase firearms permits. 
However, they must carry a physician's statement as 
proof of their disability and hunt in the immediate 
presence of a properly licensed hunter age 1 8 or older 
who is hunter-education certified. 

^ Any member of the U.S. military currently assigned 
as a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior 
Transition Unit or a military medical center now may 
purchase Missouri resident permits regardless of 
where they live. See Page 5. 

► There are several changes to conservation area 
regulations and managed turkey hunts. 

See pages 8-1 7. 



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NOTE: According to rule 3 CSR 1 0-5.21 6 of the Wildlife 
Code, if you have been convicted of multiple or major 
violations of the Wildlife Code in the past five years, 
Conservation Commission may consider suspending or 
revoking your hunting, trapping and/or fishing privileges 
regardless of any previous court action. The point system 
the Commission uses to assess Wildlife Code violations is 
explained at mdc.mo.gov. 



MCHF Helps You Invest in 
Your Love of Hunting 

Since 1997, thanks to donations from hunters 
Uke you, the Missouri Conservation Heritage 
Foundation has supported dozens of women and 
youth hunting events, disabled-hunter blinds, 
wildlife habitat improvements and Archery in 
the Schools programs. With your help, we can 
do even more. Consider making a planned gift 
or other donation, or purchasing a Conservation 
Heritage License Plate today. You may direct your 
contributions to the area of conservation you care 
most about, including shooting ranges and wildlife 
habitat improvements. For more information, visit 
www.mochf.org or call 1-800-227-1488. 



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Youth Spring Turkey Hunting Season 

Who May Participate: 

The youth hunter must be: 

^ age 6-1 5 on opening day 

Season Dates: March 31 -April 1,2012 

Shooting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset Central 
Daylight Time 

Valid Permits: 

Youth hunters must possess any one of the three following 
permits: 

^ Resident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit 

^ Resident Landowner Spring Turl<ey Hunting Permit 

^ Nonresident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit 

Note: Landowner permits are valid only on the land for which 
they are issued. See Page 6 for qualifications. 

Youth Season Limit: One male turkey or turkey with visible 
beard. 

Note: Youths who take a turkey during the youth season may 
not harvest a second bird until April 23. This is because the 
bird taken during the youth season counts as the first bird for 
the first week of the regular season. 

Regular Spring Turkey 
Hunting Season 

Season Dates: April 1 6-l\/lay 6, 201 2 

Shooting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. Central 
Daylight Time 

Valid Permits: 

► Resident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit 

^ Resident Landowner Spring Turkey Hunting Permit 

^ Nonresident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit 

Season Limit: Two male turkeys or turkeys with visible beard 
may be taken during the season, with the following restric- 
tions: 

^ You may take only one turkey during the first week from 
April 16-22. 

^ If you do not take one during the first week, then you may 
take two during the second or third week from April 23- 
May 6, but you may not take them both on the same day. 

Note: If you hunt during a managed hunt, season limits still 
apply. See pages 16-17. 



Hunter-Education Requirement 

All hunters born on or after Jan. 1 , 1 967, and hunting 
with a Resident or Nonresident Spring Turkey Hunting 
Permit must complete an approved hunter-education 
program and display their card before they can purchase 
a firearms turkey hunting permit unless: 
^ They first purchase an Apprentice Hunter Authoriza- 
tion. See Page 6 for requirements. 

► They are ages 6-1 5 and will be hunting with a quali- 
fied mentor. See Page 5. 

► They failed to pass the hunter-education certification 
tests due to a developmental disability. See "What's 
New" on Page 2. 

Hunters do not need to show their hunter-education 
card if certification can be verified electronically. Most 
hunters who use the e-Permits System will have their cer- 
tification verified online. If this is not possible, some hunt- 
ers will need to contact the Department to provide proof 
of hunter-education certification. Once in the database, 
hunters won't have to submit this information again. 

A person must be at least 1 1 years old to receive 
hunter-education certification. Hunters using a Resident 
Landowner Spring Turkey Hunting Permit are exempt 
from the hunter-education requirement unless they were 
born on or after Jan. 1 , 1 967, and are mentoring a firearms 
hunter who is not hunter-education certified. 



How Turkey Season 
Opening Dates are Set 

The formula for setting spring turkey season strikes a balance 
between the biology of turkey reproduction and hunters' 
desires for an earlier season, especially in southern Missouri. 
As a result, the season begins on the third Monday in April, 
which moves the average opening date up three days from 
what it was six years ago. 

The youth season opens nine days before the regular 
season, except when that would make it fall over the Easter 
weekend. In those cases, the season begins the weekend 
before Easter. 



Check your turkey by 1 p.m. 
on the day taken. 




OPERATION GAME THIEF 

Remain Anonymous Reward Possible 
Dial toll free 1 -800-392-1 1 1 1 



General Information for All Spring Turkey Hunters 



Wild turkeys may be pursued, taken, killed, possessed 
or transported only as outlined in this booklet. For 
complete hunting regulations, refer to the Wildlife 
Code of Missouri, available at www.sos.mo.gov/adrules/csr/ 
current/3csr/3csr.asp. 

Methods: The following are allowed during the spring turkey 
hunting seasons: 

^ A shotgun with shot not larger than No. 4 

^ A longbow, recurve bow or compound bow. Hand-held 
string-releasing devices, illuminated sights, scopes and 
quickpoint sights are allowed. 

The following methods are prohibited: 

^ Shotguns capable of holding more than 3 shells in maga- 
zine and chamber combined 

^ Shot larger than No. 4 (in use or in possession) 

^ A bow fastened to a stock or other device that maintains 
the bow in a drawn position 

^ Any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game 

► Thermal imagery equipment or night vision equipment (in 
use or in possession) 

► Recorded calls (in use or in possession) 

► Use of dogs or live decoys 

► Use of bait, which includes grain or other feed placed or 
scattered so as to attract turkeys. An area is considered 
baited for 10 days even after complete removal of the bait. 
A hunter can be in violation even if he or she did not know 
an area was or is baited. It is illegal to place bait in a way 
that causes others to be in violation of the baiting rule. 

Voiding the Permit: Hunters who harvest a turkey must void 
their permit immediately by notching the month and day of 
harvest. See Page 20. 

Tagging and Checking: All turkeys must be tagged immedi- 
ately after harvest and checked by 10 p.m. on the day taken 
using the Telecheck system. See pages 20-21 . 

Safety Sticker Requirement: All hunters using a shotgun 
must affix the "Be Safe" sticker to the receiver of their gun so 
it will be in their line of sight when shooting. The sticker must 
be maintained on the gun while hunting. Stickers are avail- 
able at permit vendors and Conservation Department offices. 

Note: 

^ Any hunter who kills or injures a turkey must make a rea- 
sonable effort to retrieve and include it in his or her season 
limit, but this does not authorize trespass. 

► It is a violation to wantonly leave, abandon or waste com- 
monly edible portions of game. 

^ Anyone using a turkey call to assist another hunter must 
be properly licensed with either a filled or unfilled spring 
turkey hunting permit. 




Feral Hogs 



Feral hogs destroy wildlife habitat, compete with native 
wildlife for food, and spread diseases to people, pets 
and livestock. They are a menace that must be eradicated. 

A feral hog is defined as any hog, including Russian and 
European wild boar, that is not conspicuously identified 
by ear tags or other identification and is roaming freely on 
public or private land without the landowner's permission. 

It is illegal to release feral hogs on public land or on 
private land that is not fenced to contain them. If you see 
someone releasing hogs, report them immediately to your 
local conservation agent or call Operation Game Thief toll 
free at 1-800-392-1 111. 

The Conservation Department discourages anyone from 
hunting specifically for feral hogs because hunters' activi- 
ties interfere with the Department's efforts to eradicate 
these pests. However, if you are afield for other game and 
encounter a feral hog, s/700f /f on s/g/7f.Mf you kill a feral hog 
on public land or on private land where you have permis- 
sion to hunt, you are not liable if someone later claims to 
own the animal. 

During the youth and spring turkey hunting seasons, to kill 
feral hogs you must: 

► possess a valid, unfilled turkey hunting permit, and 

► use only methods allowed for taking turkeys. 

Note: Resident landowners on land they own and lessees 
on land they reside on may use any method to take feral 
hogs at any time without any permit. 

If you see a feral hog, notify any of the following: 

^ Nearest Conservation Department regional office 

(see pages 8-1 5) 
^ State veterinarian's office at 573-751-3377 
^ USDA Wildlife Services at 573-449-3033. 

With your help, we can eliminate these dangerous, destruc- 
tive pests from Missouri. 



201 2 Spring Turkey Permits 



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Valid Permits 

Check Page 3 to see which permit you need. 
Resident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit 

Age 1 6 and older $17 

Age 6-1 5 $8.50^ 

Resident Landowner 

Spring Turkey Hunting Permit no cost; see Page 6 

Nonresident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit 

Age 1 6 and older $1 90 

Age 6-1 5 $8.50^ 

^Youth age 6 through 1 5 are not required to be hunter- 
education certified. If the youth is hunter-education certified 
and hunting on a resident or nonresident spring turkey per- 
mit, he or she may hunt alone. However, if the youth is not 
hunter-education certified, he or she must be in the imme- 
diate presence of a properly licensed adult who has a valid 
hunter-education certificate card or was born before Jan. 1, 
1 967. The adult, however, may not hunt turkeys during the 
youth spring turkey season. 

► ''Immediate presence" means close enough for normal 
conversation, without shouting. 

► "Properly licensed" means a valid filled or unfilled spring 
turkey hunting permit. 

► "Adult" means someone age 1 8 or older. 
Regardless of age, the youth must be capable of holding, 
aiming and shooting the firearm by him or herself. 

Note: Resident landowners or lessees born after Jan. 1, 1967, 
accompanying youths on the landowner's property or prop- 
erty on which the lessee is residing must be hunter-education 
certified. 

Who may purchase resident permits? 

► Any person who does not claim resident privileges in 
another state or country, and whose actual residence and 
legal permanent home address are both in Missouri, and 
have been for at least 30 days before applying for the 
permit. Owning real estate or attending a Missouri school 
does not in itself make you a legal resident. 

► Missouri residents employed by the United States in the 
District of Columbia or serving in the U.S. armed forces. 
(Immediate family members who reside with them also 
may purchase resident permits.) 

► All members of the U.S. armed forces residing in Missouri 
on permanent change of station status and immediate 
family members residing with them. 

► Any honorably discharged military veteran having a 
service-related disability of 60 percent or greater, or who 
was a prisoner of war during military service; must carry 
certified statement of eligibility from the U.S. Department 
of Veterans Affairs while hunting or purchasing permits. 



SUNRISE AT JEFFERSON CITY, MO. 
Central Daylight Time 



SUNRISE SUNSET 
DAY A.M. P.M. 

MARCH 

31 6:54 7:32 

APRIL 

1 6:53 7:33 

16 6:31 

17 6:29 

18 6:28 

19 6:26 

20 6:25 

21 6:24 

22 6:22 

23 6:21 

24 6:20 



DAY 
APRIL 

25. 
26. 
27. 
28. 
29. 
30. 
MAY 

1 . 

2. 

3. 

4. 

5. 

6. 



SUNRISE 
A.M. 



.6:18 
.6:17 
.6:16 
.6:15 
.6:13 
.6:12 



.6:11 
.6:10 
.6:09 
.6:07 
.6:06 
.6:05 



This table is for Jefferson City and points on the same longitude north 
or south. For locations east, subtract one minute from the table for each 
13 1/2 miles (airline) of distance. For locations west, add one minute for 
each 13 1/2 miles. Or, for the sunrise and sunset times anywhere in the 
United States, see the U.S. Naval Observatory website: www.usno.navy. 
mil/USNO/astronomicai-applications. 



^ New! Any member of the U.S. military currently assigned as 
a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition 
Unit or a military medical center; must carry orders showing 
assignment to a Warrior Transition Brigade or Warrior 
Transition Unit, or admissions verification to a military 
medical center while hunting or purchasing permits. 

^ Nonresidents who are registered students attending a 
public or private secondary, post secondary, or vocational 
school in Missouri and who live in Missouri while attending 
school; must carry evidence of a Missouri residence and 
student status while hunting. Note: Nonresident students 
who qualify for resident permits must purchase them at 
Conservation Department offices. 

Immigrants who possess an 1-551 Resident Alien Card and 
who do not claim resident privileges in another state or 
country, and whose actual residence and legal permanent 
home address are both in Missouri, and have been for at 
least 30 days before purchasing a permit. 



Purchasing Permits 



You may purchase your turkey hunting permits beginning 

March 1 using any of the methods below. 

^ Over the counter from any permit vendor. Buy early to 

avoid long lines. 
^ By telephone at 800-392-41 1 5. Use your credit card, and 

pay a $2 surcharge. Allow 1 days for delivery. 
^ Online anytime using the e-Permits System at 

mdc.mo.gov/epermits. Use your credit card, and pay a $1 

surcharge. Print your permit at home and have it in hand 

immediately. 
Note: No-cost resident landowner permits also are available. 
See Page 6 for details. 



No-Cost Resident 
Landowner Permits 

All turkey hunters, including landowners and lessees, must 
have a valid turkey hunting permit. You qualify for no-cost 
spring turkey hunting permits if you are a Missouri resident 
age 6 or older, who: 

^ owns at least 5 acres, or 

^ leases and lives on at least 5 acres of land, or 

^ lives in the home with a qualifying landowner or lessee. 

You may obtain your no-cost resident landowner 
permits beginning March 1 using any of the methods 
below. 

^ Over the counter from any permit vendor. Go early to 
avoid long lines. No surcharges will be assessed. 

^ By telephone at 800-392-41 1 5. Use your credit card to 
pay the $2 surcharge. Allow 10 days for delivery. 

^ Online anytime using the e-Permits System at 

mdc.mo.gov/epermits. Use your credit card to pay the 
$1 surcharge. Print your permit at home and have it in 
hand immediately. 

Please have on hand the following information: 

► Your Conservation I.D. number. Heritage Card number. 
Social Security number or driver's license number 

► The county where your land is located 

► The number of acres you own or lease and reside on 

Note: All landowner hunting permits are valid only on the 
land for which they are issued. You must purchase permits 
to hunt on land you do not own or lease and reside on. 




Definitions 

for Landowner Permits 

Resident landowner: Any Missouri resident who owns 
at least 5 continuous acres, or members of his or her 
immediate household. In the case of corporate owner- 
ship, only registered officers of the corporation and 
members of his or her immediate household can qualify 
to receive no-cost permits, and they are not required to 
reside on the land. People who own stock in a corpora- 
tion (shareholders) do not qualify under this definition. 

Lessee: Any Missouri resident who resides on and leases 
at least 5 continuous acres owned by others, or members 
of his or her immediate household. 

Immediate household member: Someone, related or 
unrelated, who has lived in the home with a qualifying 
landowner or lessee for at least the last 30 days. Family 
members who live elsewhere do not qualify. 

Note: Hunters must be at least 6 years old to obtain 
landowner permits. 



Coyotes may not be chased, pursued or taken during 
daylight hours from April 1-15. They may not be hunted 
at all during the regular turkey season from April 1 6 
through May 6. J 



Mentor Apprentice Hunters 

To help introduce adults to hunting, the Conservation 
Department allows hunters age 1 6 and older who are not 
hunter-education certified to hunt with firearms, as long as 
they: 

^ first purchase the Apprentice Hunter Authorization for $10; 

^ then purchase a firearms hunting permit for the season 
they want to hunt; for example, a Spring Turkey Hunting 
Permit; and 

^ hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed 
hunter 1 8 years old or older who is hunter-education certi- 
fied. The mentor must have a filled or unfilled permit for 
the prescribed season. "Immediate presence" means close 
enough for normal conversation, without shouting. 

Note: The Apprentice Hunter Authorization can be purchased 
twice and it allows the holder to obtain firearms permits 
throughout the permit year. After the second year, the appren- 
tice hunter will be required to become hunter-education 
certified if he or she wants to continue hunting on a firearms 
permit. 

Missouri is a leader in hunter recruitment, and the Appren- 
tice Hunter Authorization is just one more tool to help you 
share your hunting knowledge and tradition with your 
friends and family. Encourage your apprentices to attend a 
hunter-education class or take the course online at 
mdc.mo.gov/1 7844. 



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A Good Hatch in 201 1 Should Increase Turke 
Numbers Throughout Missouri 




In 201 1 , relatively dry conditions and 
an emergence of periodical cicadas 
that provided protein-rich food 
for nesting hens and growing poults 
helped Missouri's turkey population 
experience its best hatch in nearly 
a decade. Brood-survey results indi- 
cated that 201 1 's hatch was 42 percent 
above the previous five-year average. 
An especially notable innprovennent 
occurred in northeast Missouri where 
production was more than double the 
five-year average. In many parts of the 
state, hunters have already noticed the 
difference a good year of production 
can make. Because hatch success drives 
changes in turkey abundance, several 
more years of good production would 
bolster the number of turkeys in the 
Show-Me State. 

Transitional Times 

Missouri's turkey population has under- 
gone a transition during the past sev- 
eral decades. When the population was 
expanding rapidly in the 1 970s and 80s, 
people often reported seeing flocks of 
turkeys that numbered in the hundreds. 
During this time, production was high 
because turkeys were taking advantage 
of vacant, prime habitat. 

But, a basic ecological principle 
eventually caught up with Missouri's 
turkeys. As wildlife populations grow, 
factors that limit their size begin to 
exert an ever-greater influence. Habitats 
become crowded, predators find easier 
pickings (which leads to more preda- 
tors), and diseases spread quicker. By 
increasing deaths, decreasing produc- 
tion, or doing both, each limiting factor 
helps put the brakes on an expanding 
population. Missouri's wild turkeys were 
no exception. Although the 201 1 hatch 
should certainly increase turkey num- 
bers, and the potential for continued 
population growth exists, ifs unlikely 
turkey numbers will increase to the 
peaks seen in the 1980s. Many factors 
that affect wild turkey abundance have 
changed over the past several decades. 




As a result, hunters should expect year- 
to-year fluctuations in turkey numbers 
that stem from variations in reproduc- 
tive success. 

Wild turkey populations are 
dynamic. With persistently poor spring 
weather — at least from a turkey's 
standpoint — turkey numbers can be 
expected to decline. With several years 
of good weather and production, 
turkey numbers can rebound. Thus, a 
sizable turkey population can occur in 
the same area where numbers were 
down just a few years earlier. Although 
Missouri's wild turkey population is not 
likely to reach the levels observed in the 
1 980s, a few more years of good spring 
weather and production should lead to 
a substantial increase in the number of 
turkeys on the landscape. 

A Comprehensive Approach to 
Wild Turkey Management 

The Conservation Department uses a 
comprehensive approach to manage 
Missouri's turkey population. In addi- 
tion to analyzing harvest data, turkey 
brood surveys and archer wild turkey 



observation surveys are conducted 
each year to monitor population trends. 
Thousands of hunters also are surveyed 
annually to obtain data on hunter 
opinions, success and satisfaction. Each 
year, turkey hunting regulations are 
reviewed by both the Department's 
Regulations Committee and the Con- 
servation Commission. Decisions are 
based upon both science and public 
input. The Department's approach to 
harvest management strikes a bal- 
ance between providing opportunities 
for hunters to enjoy the resource and 
ensuring harvest is within the limits of 
what the turkey population can sustain. 

The Department sets spring turkey 
season to begin after most hen turkeys 
have already mated. Because of this and 
the fact that male turkeys represent 99 
percent of the harvest, spring hunting 
is not a limiting factor on population 
growth. 

Although a portion of the fall harvest 
consists of female turkeys, fall hunting 
has not led to declining turkey num- 
bers. Fall hunters currently harvest only 
a small percentage of the turkey popu- 
lation. The 201 1 fall firearms harvest 
of just over 7,000 turkeys represents 
less than 2 percent of the state's turkey 
population. 

Missouri's Wild Turkey 
Population Remains Strong 

Although a good hatch in 201 1 will 
result in an abundance of jakes in 
201 2, the poor hatches of 2007-201 
will continue to make finding mature 
gobblers more challenging than in past 
years. Missouri is still widely recognized 
as offering some of the nation's best 
turkey hunting. Each year, Missouri's 
turkey harvest and hunter success rates 
are among the highest in the coun- 
try. Missouri's wild turkey population 
remains strong, and although this year's 
harvest is not likely to top harvests of 
the early 2000s, hunters can expect 
great hunting opportunities during the 
201 2 spring season. 



Turkey Hunting Regulations on Areas Managed 
or Owned by tiie Conservation Department 



This table is intended to inform hunters of opportunities 
for hunting wild turkeys on public land managed or 
owned by the Conservation Department. 
Turkey hunting is only allowed on Department areas 
that are listed in the chart. If an area that is owned or 
managed by the Conservation Department is not listed, 
turkey hunting is not allowed. For hunting opportunities on 
public land that is not owned or managed by the Conserva- 
tion Department, contact the appropriate agency. 

For maps and more details of areas listed on the following 
pages, contact the regional office or go to the website listed 
on the inside front cover. 




Regulation key for chart 

1 . Statewide turkey seasons and limits apply. 

2. Only archery methods may be used. Turkey hunting 
with firearms is prohibited. All other statewide turkey 
seasons and limits apply. 

3. Only nontoxic shot may be used on this area. 

4. Managed hunt. See pages 1 6-1 7 for details. 



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Andrew 


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Happy Holler Lake 


Andrew 


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Hardin 


Ray 


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Helton Memorial 


Harrison 


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]^ 








Tarkio Prairie 


Atchison 


)/^ 








Thurnau 


Holt 


/> 








Van Dyke 


Mercer 


u^ 








Wagner 


Ray 


/> 








Wiese^ 


Chariton 


u^ 








Wolf Creek Bend 


Holt 


)/^ 








Worth County 
Community Lake 


Worth 


)/^ 








Worthwine Island 


Andrew 


u^ 








Yellow Creek 


Chariton 


/> 








NORTHEAST 


[^ 660 


-785-2420 




u 




Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Anderson 


Ralls, Pike 


u^ 








Arrow-Wood 


Shelby 


]^ 








Atlanta — 

Long Branch Lake 


Macon 


/> 








Bee Hollow 


Macon, 
Randolph 


]^ 








Big Creek 


Adair 


]^ 








Black Hawk Access 


Marion 


)/^ 








Bollow 


Shelby 


/> 








Buck and Doe Run 


Clark 


I/' 








Callahan Mound Access 


Marion 


/^ 








Cedar Bluff Access 


Monroe 


u^ 








Clark 


Clark 


)/^ 








Dark Hollow 


Sullivan 


]^ 








Deer Ridge 


Lewis 


^ 








Dodd Access 


Macon 


u^ 








Dunn Ford Access 


Marion 


u^ 








Dupont Reservation 


Pike 


u^ 








Elmslie Memorial 


Marion 


u^ 









^/Krea is accessible by boat via Grand River or witli permission 
from surrounding landowners. 



Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Ewing Lake 


Scotland 


/> 








Fox Valley Lake 


Clark 


i^ 








Frost Island 


Clark 


i^ 








Griffiths Memorial 


Macon 


i^ 








Heath Memorial 


Clark 


i^ 








Henry Sever Lake 


Knox 


i^ 








Hidden Hollow 


Macon 


i^ 








Hunnewell Lake 


Shelby 


i^ 








Indian Hills 


Scotland 


]^ 








LaBelle Lake 


Lewis 


/> 








Locust Creek 


Sullivan 


]^ 








McPike Access 


Marion 


/> 








Mineral Hills 


Putnam 


)^ 








Montgomery Woods 


Adair, Macon 


)/^ 








Morris Prairie 


Sullivan 


/> 








Mound View Access 


Shelby 


]^ 








Neeper 


Clark 


u^ 








Pin Oak 


Shelby 


]^ 








Ranacker 


Pike 


/> 








Ray Memorial 


Marion 




/> 






Rebel's Cove 


Putnam, 
Schuyler 


u^ 








Redman 


Macon 


u^ 








Rocky Hollow 


Monroe 


]^ 








Rose Pond 


Clark 


)/^ 








Sears Community Lake 


Sullivan 


)^ 








Shanks 


Pike 


)/^ 




)/^ 




Shoemaker 


Adair 


)^ 








Soulard Access 


Marion 


)^ 








Sugar Creek 


Adair 


u^ 








Sunnyside School 
Access 


Lewis 


)/^ 








Sunrise Access 


Marion 


)/^ 








Thomas Hill Reservoir 


Macon 


)^ 








Tolona Access 


Lewis 


)/^ 








Union Ridge 


Adair, Putnam, 
Sullivan 


)^ 








Upper Mississippi- 
Angle, Blackbird, Black- 
burn, Ducher, Gilbert, 
Mozier, North, Pharrs 
and South Fritz islands 


Pike 


u^ 








Upper Mississippi — 
Bay Island 


Marion 


u^ 








Upper Mississippi — 
Cottonwood Island 


Lewis 


)^ 









Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Upper Mississippi — 
Fabius, Orton, Poage, 
Whitney, Ziegler islands 


Marion 


/> 








White Oak Bend Access 


Knox 


/> 








Willingham Memorial 


Monroe 


u^ 








Woodlawn Access 


Monroe 


/> 








Wyaconda Crossing 


Lewis 


^ 




















KANSAS CITY 


^ 816 


-622-0900 


2/ 


Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Amarugia Highland 


Cass 


]^ 








Balltown Access 


Vernon 


)/^ 








Baltimore Bend 


Lafayette 


u^ 








Big Buffalo Creek 


Benton, Morgan 


u^ 








Big Drywood Creek 


Vernon 


/> 








Birdsong 


St. Clair 


u^ 








Blackjack Access 


St. Clair 


)/^ 








Brickley Hollow Access 


Benton 


]^ 








Bridger Urban 


Jackson 




)/^ 






Bristow 


Vernon 


]^ 








Brun's Tract 


Pettis 


u^ 








Bryson's Hope 


Pettis 


/> 








Cephas Ford Access 


Vernon 


u^ 








Chapel View Prairie 


Henry 


/> 








Coo ley Lake 


Clay 


u^ 




)^ 




Dave Rock 


St. Clair 


^ 








Dorsett Hill Prairie 


Cass 


]^ 








Douglas Branch 


Vernon 


)/^ 








Edmonson Access 


Benton 


u^ 








Ferguson-Herold 


Lafayette 


u^ 








Fewel 


Henry 


/^ 








Flight Lake 


Vernon 


/> 








Four Rivers 


Vernon, Bates 


)/^ 




^ 




Gama Grass Prairie 


Vernon 


u^ 








Grandfather Prairie 


Pettis 


)/^ 








Granny's Acres 


Benton 


u^ 








Grove Memorial 


Lafayette 


u^ 








Harmony Mission Lake 


Bates 


/> 








Hartwell 


Pettis 


u^ 








Hazel Hill Lake 


Johnson 


]^ 








Hi Lonesome Prairie 


Benton 


)/^ 








Ionia Ridge 


Benton 


]^ 








Kahrs-Boger Park 


Pettis 


^ 









Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


J.N. "Turkey" Kearn 
Memorial Units 1,2 


Pettis, Johnson 


]^ 








J.N. "Turkey" Kearn 
Memorial Units 


Pettis, Johnson 


)/^ 








W.R. Kearn 


Pettis 


]^ 








Kendzora 


Buchanan, Platte 


)/^ 








Kings Prairie Access 


St. Clair 


]^ 








Ladue Bottoms 


Henry 


/> 








Liberty Bend 


Clay 


]^ 








Linscomb 


St. Clair 


)^ 








Little Bean Marsh 


Platte 


)^ 




u^ 




Lone Jack Lake 


Jackson 


)/^ 








Lost Valley Fish Hatchery 


Benton 


/> 








Maple Leaf Lake 


Lafayette 


]^ 








Marshall 


Platte 


/> 








Montrose 


Henry 


]^ 




]^ 




Mora 


Benton 


/> 








Mount HuldaTowersite 


Benton 


)^ 








Old Town Access 


Bates 


)^ 








Osage Prairie 


Vernon 


/> 








Paint Brush Prairie 


Pettis 


)^ 








Park, Guy B. 


Platte 


u^ 








Parma Woods Range & 
Training Center — North 
of powerlinesonly 


Platte 


)^ 








Peabody 


Bates 


)^ 








Perry Memorial 


Saline, Pettis, 
Johnson 


)/^ 








Platte Falls 


Platte 


]^ 








Poague 


Henry 


/> 








Ripgut Prairie 


Bates 


)^ 








Schell-Osage 


Vernon, St. Clair 


)/^ 




)/^ 




Settle's Ford 


Bates, Cass 


u^ 




u^ 




Sni-A-Bar 


Lafayette 


/> 








Taberville Prairie 


St. Clair 


]^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Bethlehem 


Henry 


)/^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Brownington 


Henry 


u^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Brush Creek 


Benton 


)/^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Cedar Creek 


Henry 


u^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Cross Timbers 


Hickory 


)/^ 









10 



Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Truman Reservoir — 
Deepwater Creek 


Henry 


i^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Gallinipper Creek 


St. Clair 


i^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Gouge Eye 


Henry 


i^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Grand River Bottoms 


Henry 


i^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Leesville 


Henry 


i^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Little Pomme deTerre 


Benton 


i^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Little Tebo Creek 


Benton 


i^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Sac-Osage 


St. Clair 


i^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Salt Creek 


St. Clair 


i^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Tebo Islands 


Benton 


i^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Upper Tebo Creek 


Henry 


i^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Valhalia 


St. Clair 


i^ 








Truman Reservoir — 
Weaubleau Creek 


St. Clair 


i^ 








Urich 


Henry 


i^ 








Wah-Kon-Tah Prairie — 
north of Highway 82 


St. Clair 


i^ 












CENTRAL 


»\ 573 


-884-6861 




2J 




Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Ben Branch Lake 


Osage 


i^ 








Bennitt, Rudolf 


Boone, Howard, 
Randolph 


i^ 








Blind Pony Lake 


Saline 


i^ 








Blue Lick 


Saline 


i^ 








Branch Towersite 


Camden 


i^ 








Bruns Access 


Osage 


i^ 








Burnt Mill Cave 


Camden 


i^ 








Canaan 


Gasconade 


i^ 








Carpenter Memorial 


Morgan 


i^ 








Clifty Creek 


Maries 


i^ 








Cooper Hill 


Osage 


i^ 








Danville 


Montgomery 


i^ 








Danville — 
Baldwin Annex 


Montgomery 


i^ 









Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Danville— Thornhill & 
Schuize Annex 


Montgomery 


i^ 








Davisdale 


Howard 


i^ 








Diana Bend 


Howard 


i^ 








Diggs 


Audrain 


i^ 








Eagle Bluffs 


Boone 


i^ 




i^ 




Earthquake Hollow 


Callaway 


i^ 








Fiery Fork 


Camden 


i^ 








Franklin Island 


Howard 


i^ 








Gale Access 


Camden 


i^ 








Grand Bluffs 


Montgomery 


i^ 








Hart Creek 


Boone 


i^ 








Hite Prairie 


Morgan 


i^ 








Honey Creek Access 


Cole 


i^ 








Hungry Mother 


Howard 


i^ 








Lamine River 


Cooper, Morgan 


i^ 








Lick Creek 


Boone 


i^ 








Little Dixie Lake 


Callaway 


i^ 








Loutre Lick Access 


Montgomery 


i^ 








Lowe 


Audrain 


i^ 








Madden Ford Access 


Miller 


i^ 








Manito Lake 


Morgan, Moni- 
teau 


i^ 








Mansfield 


Camden 


i^ 








Marion Bottoms 


Cole, Moniteau 


i^ 








Marshall Junction 


Saline 


i^ 








Moniteau Creek 


Howard 


i^ 








Moores Mill Access 


Callaway 


i^ 








Northcutt Memorial 


Audrain 


i^ 








Painted Rock 


Osage 


i^ 








Pikes Camp Access 


Cole 


i^ 








Plowboy Bend 


Moniteau 


i^ 








Prairie Home 


Moniteau, 
Cooper 


i^ 








Proctor Towersite 


Morgan 


i^ 








Reform 


Callaway 


i^ 








Rinquelin Trail 
Community Lake 


Maries 


i^ 








Rocky Fork Lakes 


Boone 


i^ 








Rocky Mount Towersite 


Miller 


i^ 








Saline Valley 


Miller 


i^ 








Scrivner Road 


Cole 


i^ 








Smith 


Moniteau, Cole 


i^ 








Smoky Waters 


Osage, Cole 


i^ 








Spring Creek Gap 


Maries 


i^ 









11 



Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Stringtown Bridge 
Access 


Cole 


i^ 








Tate Island 


Callaway 


i^ 








Three Creeks 


Boone 


i^ 








Toronto Springs 


Camden 


i^ 








Tri-City Community Lake 


Boone 


i^ 








Vandalia Community 
Lake 


Audrain 


i^ 








Waters & Moss Memorial 


Boone 




]^ 






WellsvilleLake 


Montgomery 


i^ 








Whetstone Creek 


Callaway 


i^ 








White 


Audrain 


i^ 








Wigwam School Access 


Morgan 


i^ 








Wilson Camp Access 


Miller 


i^ 












- 


ST. LOUIS 


k 636-441-4554 




2J 




Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Anderson Memorial 


Crawford 


i^ 








August A. Busch 


St. Charles 








)/^ 


Blue Springs Creek 


Crawford 


i^ 








Bootleg Access 


Washington 


i^ 








Catawissa 


Franklin 


i^ 








Crooked Creek 


Crawford 


i^ 








Cuivre Island — 
Island portion only 


Lincoln, 
St. Charles 


]^ 








Cuivre Island- 
Mainland portion 


Lincoln, 
St. Charles 


u^ 








Daniel Boone 


Warren 


]^ 








Howell Island 


St. Charles 


)/^ 








Hughes Mountain 


Washington 


]^ 








Huzza h 


Crawford 


)/^ 








Kessler Memorial 


Lincoln 


/> 








KeysvilleTowersite 


Crawford 


u^ 








Kingston Access 


Washington 


]^ 








LaBarque Creek 


Jefferson 


]^ 








Leach Memorial 


Lincoln 


]^ 




u^ 




Little Indian Creek 


Franklin, Wash- 
ington 


u^ 








Little Lost Creek 


Warren 


u^ 








Logan 


Lincoln 


u^ 








Long Ridge 


Franklin 


u^ 








Meramec — All area 
except Wildlife Refuge ^ 


Franklin 


)/^ 









Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Meramec — Heynes 
Memorial Annex 


Franklin 


]^ 








Merrill Horse Access 


Jefferson 


)^ 








Pacific Palisades 


Jefferson 


)/^ 








Pea Ridge 


Washington 


u^ 








Prairie Slough 


Pike, Lincoln 


)/^ 








Red horse Access 


Franklin 


)^ 








Reifsnider 


Warren 


]^ 








River'Round 


Franklin 


/> 








Sandy Island 


Lincoln 


)^ 








Sizemore Memorial 


Crawford 


)/^ 








Upper Mississippi- 
Dresser Island 


St. Charles 


)/^ 








Upper Mississippi — 
Pool 26 Tracts 


St. Charles 


/> 








Upper Mississippi — 
Stag, Sterling, 
Westport islands 


Lincoln 


)/^ 








Valley View Glades 


Jefferson 


)^ 








Victoria Glades 


Jefferson 


)^ 








Vonaventure Memorial 


Lincoln 


u^ 








Weldon Spring 


St. Charles 








]^ 


White Memorial 


Lincoln 


)/^ 








Young 


Jefferson 


]^ 












SOUTHWEST ^\ 417-895-6880 


Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Barclay 


Dallas 


)^ 








Bear Creek 


Laclede 


)^ 








Bennett Spring Access 


Dallas 


/> 








Berry Bluff 


Dallas 


]^ 








Bethel Prairie 


Barton 


/> 








Bluff Springs 


Cedar 


)^ 








Bois D'Arc ^ 


Greene 


)/^ 






/> 


Boston Ferry 


Taney 




u^ 






Brush Creek 


Polk 


)/^ 








Buffalo Hills 


McDonald 


/> 








Buffalo Wallow Prairie 


Barton 


]^ 








Bushwhacker Lake 


Barton, Vernon 


/> 








Busiek 


Christian 


]^ 








Capps Creek 


Newton 


)^ 








Charity Access 


Dallas 


)^ 








Clear Creek 


Vernon, Barton 


)/^ 









^ Hunting is not allowed in the wildlife refuge. 
12 



^ Area is closed April 28-29 for managed hunt. 



Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Coffin Cave 


Laclede 


u^ 








Compton Hollow 


Webster 


]^ 








Comstock Prairie 


Barton 


/> 








Cowskin Access 


McDonald 


)/^ 








Cross Timbers Access 


Hickory 


u^ 








Dale Sare 


Greene 


]^ 








Davis Memorial 


Barton 


/> 








Deep Ford Access 


McDonald 


)/^ 








Diamond Grove Prairie 


Newton 


/> 








Dorris Creek Prairie 


Barton 


]^ 








Drury-Mincy 


Taney 


/> 








Drywood 


Barton 


)/^ 








Fiddlers Ford Access 


Dade 


u^ 








Flag Spring 


McDonald, Barry 


]^ 








Fort Crowder 


Newton 


/> 








Goodman Towersite 


Newton 


)/^ 








Goose Creek 


Laclede 


/> 








Hayes Spring 


Stone 


]^ 








Holland 


Stone 


/> 








HollisterTowersite 


Taney 


)/^ 








Horse Creek Prairie 


Dade 


/> 








Huckleberry Ridge 


McDonald 


]^ 








Indigo Prairie 


Dade 


u^ 








Jessie Hollow 


Stone 


)/^ 








Kickapoo Prairie 


Lawrence 


u^ 








Lanagan Towersite 


McDonald 


]^ 








Lead Mine 


Dallas 


/> 








Little Sac Woods 


Greene 


)/^ 








Mary Lawson 


Laclede 


u^ 








Monegaw Prairie 


Cedar 


]^ 








Mo-No-I Prairie 


Barton 


/> 








Mon-Shon Prairie 


Barton 


u^ 








Mule Shoe 


Camden, Hickory 


u^ 








Murphy Memorial 


Hickory 


]^ 








Neosho Towersite 


Newton 


/> 








Niangua 


Webster 


)/^ 








Osage Fork 


Laclede 


u^ 








Pa Sole Prairie 


Barton 


]^ 








Paris Springs Access 


Lawrence 


/> 








Phenix Access 


Greene 


)/^ 








Pilot Knob 


Stone 


u^ 








Pleasant Hope 


Polk 


]^ 









Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Pomme deTerre Lake 
Management Lands 


Hickory, Polk 


]^ 








Powell Towersite 


McDonald 


u^ 








Providence Prairie 


Lawrence 


)/^ 








Rader Access 


Webster 


)^ 








Redwing Prairie 


Barton 


)^ 








Risch 


Barton 


)^ 








Roaring River 


Barry 


]^ 








Rocky Barrens 


Greene 


/> 








Sentinel 


Polk 


)^ 








Shawnee Trail 


Barton 


)/^ 








Sky Prairie 


Cedar 


)^ 








Sloane 


Dade 


)/^ 








Stockton Lake — 
Big Sac Unit 


Dade, Polk 


)^ 








Stockton Lake — 
Little Sac Unit 


Dade, Polk 


)/^ 








Stony Point Prairie 


Dade 


)/^ 








Stubblefield Access 


Barry 


)^ 








Talbot 


Lawrence 


)/^ 








Tipton Ford Access 


Newton 


)^ 








Treaty Line Prairie 


Barton 


]^ 








Turkey Creek 


Cedar 


/> 








Twenty-Five Mile Prairie 


Polk 


]^ 








Williams Ford Access 


Dallas 


)/^ 








Wire Road 


Stone 


)^ 












OZARK 


^S^ 417-256-7161 


Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Allen Memorial 


Wright 


z> 








Angeline 


Shannon 


]^ 








Barn Hollow 


Howell, Texas 


)/^ 








Barnes 


Texas 


u^ 








Beaver Creek 


Phelps 


)/^ 








Birch Creek 


Shannon 


)^ 








Bohigian 


Phelps 


)/^ 








Brown 


Dent 


/> 








Bull Shoals Lake 


Ozark 


)^ 








Buzzard Bluff Access 


Wright 


]^ 








Cabool Towersite 


Texas 


)^ 








Caney Mountain — 
outside fenced area 


Ozark 


u^ 








Caney Mountain — 
inside fenced area 


Ozark 








]^ 



13 



Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Carter Creek 


Carter 


u^ 








Cedar Gap 


Wright 


u^ 








Cedar Grove 


Dent 


)/^ 








Clement Memorial 
Forest 


Dent 


u^ 








Cover Memorial 


Oregon 


/> 








Cover Prairie 


Howell 


/> 








Davidson-Paris 


Howell 


u^ 








Davis 


Howell 


)/^ 








Dixon Towersite 


Pulaski 


]^ 








Eck 


Texas 


)/^ 








Fort Leonard Wood 
Towersite 


Pulaski 


u^ 








Fourche Creek 


Ripley 


u^ 








Fuson 


Wright 


)/^ 








Gasconade Hills 


Pulaski 


]^ 








Gist Ranch 


Texas 


)/^ 








Grandin Towersite 


Ripley 


/> 








Horseshoe Bend 


Texas 


/> 








Houston Towersite 


Texas 


/> 








Hunter Towersite 


Carter 


u^ 








Hyer Woods 


Dent 


)/^ 








Indian Trail 


Dent 


]^ 








Little Black 


Ripley 


)/^ 








Little Prairie 


Phelps 


]^ 








Massengill 


Douglas 


u^ 








Midvale 


Texas 


/> 








MontaukTowersite 


Dent 


u^ 








Mountain View Tower- 
site 


Howell 


]^ 








Mudpuppy 


Ripley 


]^ 








Norfork Lake 


Ozark 


u^ 








Odin Access 


Wright 


/> 








Patrick Bridge Access 


Ozark 


u^ 








Peck Ranch 


Shannon, Carter 


)^ 








Piney River Narrows 


Texas 


]^ 








Rippee 


Douglas 


)/^ 








Rocky Creek 


Shannon 


]^ 








Rosati Towersite 


Phelps 


u^ 








Rose Hill Towersite 


Oregon 


/> 








Roubidoux Creek 


Pulaski 


]^ 








Sand Pond 


Ripley 


)/^ 








Shannon Ranch 


Douglas 


u^ 








Short Bend Access 


Dent 


I/' 









Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Sunklands 


Shannon 


u^ 








Tecumseh Towersite 


Ozark 


]^ 








Thomasville Towersite 


Shannon 


u^ 








Timber Knob Towersite 


Ozark 


/> 








Tingler Prairie 


Howell 


)/^ 








Twin Knobs Towersite 


Douglas 


)^ 








Vanderhoef Memorial 


Howell 


)/^ 








Vera Cruz Access 


Douglas 


u^ 








Warm Fork 


Oregon 


]^ 








White State Forest 
Nursery 


Texas 


]^ 








White Ranch 


Howell 


)^ 








White River Trace 


Dent 


)/^ 








Woods Memorial 


Phelps, Crawford 


)^ 












SOUTHEAST 


4 573-290-5730 




▼ 




Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Amidon Memorial 


Bollinger 


u^ 








Apple Creek 


Cape Girardeau 


)^ 








Aquilla Access 


Stoddard 


)/^ 








Big Cane 


Butler 


u^ 








Bismarck 


St. Francois, 


)/^ 








Black Island- 
Stephen C. Bradford, 
Gayoso Bend, Desoto, 
Wolf Bayou units only 


Pemiscot 


]^ 




]^ 




Buck Mountain^ 


St. Francois 


]^ 








Buford Mountain 


Iron, Washington 


/> 








Carmichael 


Butler 


)^ 








Cash Memorial 


Dunklin 


)/^ 








Cash Memorial — 
Largent Annex 


Dunklin 


]^ 








Castor River 


Bollinger 


]^ 








Cedar Mountain^ 


Iron 


/> 








Chalk Bluff Trail Access 


Dunklin 




/> 






Champion Springs^ 


Reynolds 


)^ 








Clearwater 


Reynolds 


u^ 








Clearwater Lake 


Reynolds 


)/^ 








Clubb Creek 


Bollinger 


/> 








Coldwater Access 


Wayne 


]^ 








Coldwater 


Wayne 


/> 








Coon Island 


Butler 


)^ 




]^ 





^ This area is landlocked. You must get permission from land- 
owner to gain access. 



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Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Crowley's Ridge 


Stoddard 


/> 








Current River 


Shannon, 
Reynolds, Carter 


)/^ 








Donaldson Point 


New Madrid 


u^ 








Duck Creek 


Bollinger 


)^ 




/> 




Duck Creek, 
Greenbrier Unit 


Bollinger 


u^ 




)/^ 




Duck Creek, Dark 
Cypress Swamp Unit 


Bollinger 


]^ 




]^ 




Flatwoods 


Wayne 


/> 








Frisbee Cutoff Access 


Dunklin 


u^ 








Funk Memorial 


Iron 


/> 








General Watkins 


Scott 


]^ 








Gipsy Towersite 


Bollinger 


)/^ 








Girvin 


New Madrid, 
Pemiscot 


)/^ 








Grassy Towersite 


Bollinger 


u^ 








Graves Mountain 


Wayne, Iron 


u^ 








Hammer Memorial 


Wayne 


u^ 








Hawn Access 


Bollinger 


)/^ 








Holly Ridge 


Stoddard 


]^ 








Hornersville Swamp 


Dunklin 


)/^ 








Iron Bridge Access 


Wayne 




]^ 






Ketcherside Mountain 


Iron, Reynolds 


u^ 








Knob Lick Towersite 


St. Francois 


u^ 








Lake Girardeau 


Cape Girardeau 


^ 








Little Whitewater 


Bollinger 


)/^ 








Logan Creek 


Shannon, Reyn- 
olds 


)/^ 








Lon Sanders Canyon 


Wayne 




)/^ 






Magnolia Hollow 


Ste. Genevieve 


u^ 








Maintz Wildlife Preserve 


Cape Girardeau 


u^ 








Marquand Access 


Madison 




u^ 






Millstream Gardens 


Madison 


]^ 








Oak Ridge 


Stoddard 


)/^ 








Old Plantation Access 


Cape Girardeau 


)^ 








Poplar Bluff 


Butler 


)/^ 








Red Rock Landing 


Perry 


/> 








Riverside 


Reynolds, Iron, 
Wayne 


)^ 








Sank 


Bollinger 


u^ 








Seven Island 


Mississippi 


]^ 








Seventy-Six 


Perry 


)/^ 








Sun 


Butler 


u^ 








Sweetgum Access 


Bollinger 


/> 









Area Name 


County 


1 


2 


3 


4 


Swift Ditch Access 


New Madrid 


u^ 








Thompson Ford Access 


Madison 


]^ 








University Forest 


Wayne, Butler 


u^ 








Wappapello Reservoir 


Wayne 


/> 








Warbler Woods 


Dunklin 


)/^ 








Wilhelmina 


Butler 


)^ 








Yokum School 


Wayne 


)/^ 









Walk-in Hunting Areas 

in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service 

^ Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District: 

• Carman Springs Area, Howell and Douglas counties; 

• Dabbs Creek Area and Hercules Glades Wilderness 
/Area, Taney County; 

• Devil's Backbone Wilderness Area, Ozark County; 

• Piney Creek Wilderness Area, Barry and Stone 
counties; 

• Shell Knob Area, Barry County; 

• Spring Creek Area, Douglas and Howell counties; 

• Steam Mill Hollow Area, Douglas, Howell and Ozark 
counties; 

• Thompson Hollow Area, Ozark County; 

• Swan Creek Area, Christian County. 
^ Eleven Point Ranger District: 

• Cedar Bluff Area, Carter, Oregon and Ripley counties; 

• Compton Area, Ripley County; 

• Irish Wilderness Area, Oregon County; 

• Round Mountain Area, Shannon and Carter counties; 

• Wildhorse Hollow Area, Carter County. 

^ Houston/Rolla/Cedar Creek Ranger District: 

• Smith Creek Area, Boone and Callaway counties; 

• Decker Cave Area, Pulaski County; 

• Mill Creek Area, Phelps County; 

• Pine Creek Area, Laclede County; 

• Paddy Creek Wilderness Area, Texas County. 
^ Poplar Bluff Ranger District: 

• Cane Ridge Area, Butler and Wayne counties; 

• Otter Creek Area, Wayne County. 

^ Potosi/Fredericktown Ranger District: 

• Bell Mountain Wilderness Area, Iron County; 

• Clear Creek Area, Washington County; 

• Crane Lake Area, Iron County; 

• Peter Cave Hollow Area, Iron County; 

• Rock Pile Mountain Wilderness Area, Madison County. 
^ Salem Ranger District: 

• Scotia-Marcoot Area, Dent and Reynolds counties. 
Maps are available from Mark Twain National Forest 
Headquarters, U.S. Forest Service, 401 Fairgrounds Road, 
Rolla, MO 65401, 573-364-4621, www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf. 



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Managed Spring Turkey Hunts 




Hunt No. 


Area Name 


County 


Date 


Quota 


Odds 


How to Apply 


Archery (1 hunt — longbow, recurve bow or compound bow only) 


1 


Caney Mountain CA^ 


Ozark 


April 16-22 


30 


43% 


Online^ 


Firearms (1 1 hunts — shotgun only) 


2 


August A. BuschCA^ 


St. Charles 


April 16-19 


40 


11% 


Online^ 


3 


August A. BuschCA^ 


St. Charles 


April 21-24 


40 


14% 


Online^ 


4 


August A. BuschCA^ 


St. Charles 


April 27-30 


40 


23% 


Online^ 


5 


August A. BuschCA^ 


St. Charles 


May 3-6 


40 


40% 


Online^ 


6 


Caney Mountain CA^ 


Ozark 


April 23-29 


30 


35% 


Online^ 


7 


Caney Mountain CA^ 


Ozark 


April30-May6 


30 


100%^ 


Online^ 


8 


Current River SP^ 

Mandatory pre-hunt orientation 

begins at 6 p.m., April 15. 


Shannon 


April 16-23 


12 


41% 


Online^ 


9 


Weldon Spring CA 


St. Charles 


April 16-19 


40 


20% 


Online^ 


10 


Weldon Spring CA 


St. Charles 


April 21-24 


40 


25% 


Online^ 


11 


Weldon Spring CA 


St. Charles 


April 27-30 


40 


34% 


Online^ 


12 


Weldon Spring CA 


St. Charles 


May 3-6 


40 


44% 


Online^ 


Youth-Only Firearms for Ages 11-15 (Shunts — shotgun only) Note: Hunter-education certification is required, see box on Page 17. 


13 


August A. BuschCA^ 
Mandatory pre-hunt orientation 
begins at 6 p.m., March 29. 


St. Charles 


March 31 -April 1 


15 


29% 


Online^ 


14 


Caney Mountain CA^ 


Ozark 


March 31 -April 1 


10 


100%^ 


Online^ 


15 


SmithvilleLakeCOE^'^ 
Mandatory pre-hunt orientation 
begins at 9 a.m., April 7. 


Clay/Clinton 


May 5-6 


10 


50% 


816-858-5718 


16 


Weldon Spring CA"^ 
Mandatory pre-hunt orientation 
begins at 6 p.m., March 29. 


St. Charles 


March 31 -April 1 


15 


50% 


Online^ 


17 


Current River SP4 

Mandatory pre-hunt orientation 

begins at 6 p.m., March 30. 


Shannon 


March 31 -April 1 


12 


NA 


Online^ 


Special Hunts for People with Disabilities^ (2 hunts — shotgun only) 


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Bois D'Arc CA^ 

Mandatory pre-hunt orientation; 

begins at 8:30 a.m., April 7. 


Greene 


April 28-29 


12 


50% 


417-742-4361 


19 


SmithvilleLakeCOE^'^ 
Mandatory pre-hunt orientation 
begins at 9 a.m., April 7. 


Clay/Clinton 


May 5-6 


10 


100%^ 


816-858-5718 



Key 

CA = conservation area 

COE = Army Corps of Engineers 

SP = state park 

^ Odds of being selected to participate in a managed hunt are based 

on the success rates for last year's drawings. 
^ Managed hunt occurs in a designated area; statewide regulations 

apply outside of designated area. 
^ Hunters permanently confined to a wheelchair may bypass the 
random drawing process but do not displace others in the random 
drawing. Permit requirements and bag limits apply. Send a request 
along with a supporting statement by a licensed physician 



to: Managed Turkey Hunts, Missouri Department of Conservation, 
PO Box 1 80, Jefferson City, MO 651 02-01 80. Requests must be 
received by Feb. 29. 
"^ Do not apply for this hunt if you can't attend the mandatory 

pre-hunt orientation. 
^ Youth and people with disabilities hunt concurrently. 
^ Because odds are for the previous year's hunting season, 

1 00-percent odds do not guarantee that you will be drawn for a 

hunt this season. 
^ These hunts are for people permanently confined to a wheelchair. 
^ Apply online at mdc.mo.gov/hunt/turkey. 



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Valid Permits: Resident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit, 
Nonresident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit 

Bag Limit: 1 male turkey or turkey with visible beard. 
Note: A turkey taken at a managed hunt counts toward 
the two-bird season limit. For example, if you take a turkey 
during a managed hunt before April 23, you may not 
harvest another turkey during the first week of the regular 
season. 

Hunter Quota: See chart on Page 1 6 for the number of 
hunters who will be drawn to participate in each hunt. 

Odds: See chart on Page 1 6 for the success rate for last year's 
drawings. 

How to Apply: See chart on Page 1 6 for method of 
application — either online or by phone. 

When to Apply: Jan. 1 0-Feb. 29 

Points to remember 

► To participate in a youth-only managed hunt, you must be 
1 1 through 1 5 years of age. 

► To participate in a non-youth managed hunt, you must be 
at least age 1 1 . You also must be hunter-education certified 
or exempt. 

► If you cannot attend, another hunter cannot take your 
place. Only those hunters who applied and were drawn 
may attend. 

► Some managed hunts require hunters to attend a 
mandatory pre-hunt orientation. If you cannot attend the 
orientation, do not apply. 



Youth-Only Managed Hunts 

The five youth-only managed hunts are for youth ages 1 1 
through 15. Apply online for four of the hunts, and apply 
by phone for the Smithville Lake hunt. Unlike the regular 
hunt application, youth may apply only singly or with 
one other youth. Successful applicants will be notified by 
mail. Youths who apply for a youth-only hunt may not also 
apply for a "regular" managed hunt. 

Hunter-education certification is required for all 
successful youth applicants. Minimum age to enroll 
in a hunter-education course is 1 1. Hunter-education 
certification is not required to apply for these youth-only 
managed hunts, but must be achieved before the pre-hunt 
orientation, or in the case of Caney Mountain, the actual 
hunt. 

All youth hunters must have a parent/guardian/adult 
sponsor who will hunt with them. Department staff will 
attempt to find a mentor if the youth does not have one, 
but cannot guarantee a mentor for each youth hunter. 
The sponsor must attend the pre-hunt orientation if one 
is required. The sponsor must have hunter-education 
certification, unless the sponsor was born before 
Jan. 1,1967. 



Managed Turkey Hunt Application Worksheet 



Hunt No.: 
Method:- 



Location: . 
Date: 



Hunter Conservation I.D. number(s) (nine-digit 
number on your hunting or fishing permit, or on the 
back of your Conservation Heritage Card below the 
barcode): 

1. 



2. 
3. 



!► If you have a hunter methods exemption, you may use a 

crossbow in an archery managed hunt. 
^ Individuals not drawn for a managed spring turkey hunt 

may not accompany a hunter who was successfully drawn. 
p^ ATVs are prohibited on managed spring turkey hunt areas. 
^ Hunters may apply for only one hunt. They may apply for 

that hunt individually or as a group of two or three hunters. 

Those applying for a youth-only hunt may apply only 

singly or with one other youth. 

To apply, complete the following steps. 

Step 1: Designate one member ofyour group to either place 
a call or go online. That person must have ready the following 
information: 

► The two-digit number for the preferred hunt. 

► The nine-digit Conservation I.D. number of each hunter in 
the group. If you need an I.D. number, call 573-751-4115 
during regular business hours to have one assigned. Note: A 
Social Security number is not the same as a Conservation I.D. 
number. Your Conservation I.D. number is located on your 
Conservation Heritage Card and on your permit. 

Step 2: Complete the worksheet on this page before calling 
or going online so you will have all the information ready. 
Step 3: Go online at mdc.mo.gov/hunt/turkey. If you have 
correctly entered all the required information, you will receive 
a message confirming your application. Note: If you are 
applying for a hunt at Smithville Lake or Bois D'Arc, call the 
appropriate number listed on Page 16. 

To find out if you've been selected 

From March 14 through May 6, go online. Be prepared to 
enter your nine-digit Conservation I.D. number (the same I.D. 
number you used when you applied). 

All successful applicants will receive by mail an area map 
and information regarding the hunt. We must have your correct 
address to send the information. If your address changes, call 
the Department during business hours at 573-751-41 1 5. 



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Large size, black body and long beard are marks of the gobbler. Hens sometimes have beards, but color, size and behavior 
distinguish them from gobblers. Hens are smaller, brown birds with blue heads. Bearded hens produce young and help 
increase the turkey population. They should not be killed, but any turkey with a clearly visible beard is legal in Missouri. Hens 
without beards are illegal to shoot. 



HEN 



Breast 

feathers 

buff-tipped 





no spurs 




Breast 

feathers 

black-tipped 



mainly blue 


HEAD 


mainly red 


usually no beard 


BEARD 


long tassel-like 


appears rusty 


BREAST 


appears black 



SPURS 



usually 1/2 inch 
or more 



GOBBLER 




JUVENILE GOBBLERS have spurs less than 1/2 inch long and a beard less than 6 inches long. 



Basic Rules for Safe Turkey Hunting 



^ identify a turkey's head and beard before aiming, 

^ Never shoot at sound or movement. Assume it is 
another hunter until you can clearly see a turkey's 
head or beard. 

^ Wear hunter orange when walking through the 
woods. 

^ Use hunter orange to identify your hunting 
location. 

^ Wrap a bagged turkey or decoy in hunter orange 
when transporting it. 

► Dress defensively. Never wear red, white, blue or 
black while turkey hunting. 

^ Know the effective range of your gun. 

^ Be sure of your target and what lies beyond. 



■ 




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Using e-Permits 



The Conservation Department's 
e-Permits System lets you buy 
hunting permits online, print them 
at home, and have them in hand 
immediately. You can even reprint lost 
or damaged permits for free. If youYe 
not comfortable buying online, you can 
still purchase permits by phone, at any 
MDC office or from your usual vendor. 




Learn more about e-Permits 
at mdc.mo.gov/epermits. 

► E-permits were designed to be 
printed at home on regular paper. To 
prevent the paper from becoming 
unreadable, hunters are encouraged 
to keep e-Permits in a plastic 
sandwich bag while afield. This also 
will make it easier for hunters to write 
confirmation numbers on permits 
when Telechecking their turkeys. 

► Turkey permits no longer include 
a removable transportation tag. 
Instead, the permit itself is the 
transportation tag. 

► Each turkey permit has months 
printed along one edge and dates 
along another. Immediately after 
harvest, hunters must notch the 
month and day they shot their 
turkey, then attach the permit to the 
bird. 



The Conservation Department's e-Permits System lets you buy your permit online, 
print it at home, and have it in hand immediately. This gives you more time to enjoy 
afield. 



► E-Permits are not printed on 

adhesive-backed material, so hunters 
will need to provide a way to attach 
them to their turkey. Hunters are 
encouraged to put e-Permits inside 
plastic sandwich bags and attach 
the bags to their turkeys with string, 
twist-ties, wire, plastic cable ties or 
tape. 



► Traditional vendors will continue to 
print turkey permits on yellow permit 
stock, but without the adhesive 
transportation tag. 

► Turkey hunters must still mark their 
guns with "Be Safe" stickers, which 
are available at permit vendors and 
Conservation Department offices. 

► Turkey hunters must still check their 
turkeys by 10 p.m. on the day of 
harvest using Telecheck. 



We Need Your Help! 

Please participate in the Department's wild turkey brood survey. 

The Conservation Department needs volunteers to participate in its wild turkey brood survey. Using cards provided, 
participants record observations of hens and poults throughout the summer. The information gathered is used to gauge 
the annual productivity of Missouri's wild turkey population. 

It's easy to participate. Just send an email to jason.isabelle@mdc.mo.gov or call 573-882-9909, ext. 3291 . Don't forget to 
tell us your name and mailing address. We'll send you three observation cards to record your turkey sightings on for June, 
July and August. At the end of each month, just drop the postage-paid card in the mail, and we'll take care of the rest. 



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Using turkey hunting permits couldn't be easier. 
Just remember: Bag it Notch it. Tag it. Checl<it. 



IfcTEP 1 I 



BdQ it« Protect paper e-Permits in 
a plastic sandwich bag while afield. 




I STEP 3j 



TdQ it. Attach your notched 
permit to the turkey's leg. We 
recommend sealing the permit 
in a plastic sandwich bag 
and attaching the bag to the 
turkey's leg with string, twist- 
ties, wire or tape. You may now 
legally transport your turkey 
within Missouri. 




.STEP 2 1 



Notch it. Immediately after 
bagging a turkey, notch the month 
and day of harvest on your permit. 



li*'' 



,''^ 



.»**' 






I STEP 4 J 




Check it. Report your 
turkey by 1 p.m. on the day 
of harvest using the Telecheck 
instructions on Page 21 . Write the 
confirmation number Telecheck 
provides on your permit. You may 
now process your turkey and 
transport it out of state. 




Additional Tagging and Checking Information 

^ Until checked, turkeys must have the head and plumage intact. 

► Notching voids the permit. Do not notch the month and day on your permit until you harvest a turkey. 
^ All turkeys must be checked before they are removed from Missouri. 

^ Only the person who harvested the turkey may possess and transport the turkey before checking. 

► After checking, turkeys may be possessed and transported by anyone, but must be labeled with the taker's full name, 
address and Telecheck confirmation number. 



20 



All turkeys must be checked by telephone or on the Internet. 
No in-person checking stations will be available. 

If using a cellphone, be sure you have a clear signal. If the 
signal is spotty, move closer to a major highway, go to higher 
ground, or wait until you get to a land-based line to call. Avoid 
calling in areas with loud background noise. 

You do not need to call Telecheck immediately after taking 
the turkey. You can transport unchecked turkeys within the 
state as long as the permit is voided and attached to the 
turkey's leg. You have until 1 p.m. on the day of harvest to 
check your turkey. 

To use the easy-to-use electronic checking system, follow 
the steps below. 

Step 1: Before calling the toll-free number or going online, 
find yourTelecheck ID number on your permit. If 
you have more than one permit, be sure you give 
the number of the permit you want to use. Also 
get a pencil or pen so you will be able to write your 
Telecheck confirmation number on your permit. 

Step 2: Fill out the orange form to the right, which contains 
the same information you will be asked when you use 
Telecheck. 

Step 3: Use a phone to dial the toll-free number below, then 
follow the instructions in the phone interview. Speak 
clearly and slowly. You can call between 6 a.m. and 1 
p.m. 

To check a turkey, call 

1-800-314-6828. 

Or go to: 

mdc.mo.gov 

Step 4: After you have provided the required information, 

you will be given an eight-digit confirmation number 
that verifies you have legally checked your turkey. 
Write this number on your permit. 

You have now completed Telecheck and can process your 
turkey. 



Attention Cellphone Users 

The most common reason hunters are unable 

to complete their Telecheck transaction 

is because of a poor cellular telephone 

connection. Signals that are weak, fade 

in and out, or clip speech will not work 

with the system. Once you've voided and 

attached your permit to your turkey, you 

have until 1 p.m. on the day of harvest 

to check the animal. Wait until you are out of the 

woods and receive a clear, strong cellphone connection 

before placing yourTelecheck call. 





How to 

Measure 

Spurs 

Spur length measurements 
help biologists keep track of 
the age structure of the adult turkey population. Please 
accurately measure your turkey's spur before checking it. 
This will ensure biologists place your turkey in the correct 
age class. A difference in spur length of less than 1/8 of 
an inch can be important, so please take an accurate 
measurement. If you don't have a ruler, use the signature 
line of your permit, which is 2 inches long with a 1-inch 
mark in the middle. 

Start at the outside center from the point where the 
spur protrudes from the leg scales, and measure to the 
tip of the spur. 



^YourTelecheck ID number: 



► Turkey type: 
n Gobbler 

n Juvenile gobbler (see Page 1 8 for how to identify 
a juvenile) 

n Bearded hen 

(see Page 18 for details on sexing a turkey) 

► Spur length (gobblers only) 

The signature line on your permit is 2 inches long 
(1-inch mark in the middle). Use it to measure the 
spur. See above for details. 
n less than 1 inch 
n 1 inch or more 

► Beard length 

Your permit is 6 inches long and should be used to 
measure the beard. 
n less than 6 inches 
n 6 inches or more 

► County of harvest 



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Wildlife Code of Missouri — ^Turkey Hunting Regulations 




3 CSR 10-7.455 Turkeys: Seasons, Methods, Limits 

(1 ) Turkeys may be pursued, taken, killed, possessed or 
transported only as permitted in this rule. 

(A) Spring Season. Spring season annually will begin on the 
third Monday in April. A person possessing the prescribed 
turkey hunting permit may take turkeys according to the 
season length and bag limit established annually by the 
Conservation Commission. Turkeys may betaken only by 
shotgun with shot no larger than No. 4, or bow, without 
the use of dogs, bait, electronic calls or live decoys, from 
one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise to 1:00 p.m. Central 
Daylight Time (CDT). Possession of electronic calls or 
shotshells loaded with shot larger than No. 4 is prohibited 
while hunting turkeys. 

(B) Fall Firearms Season. Fall season annually will be 
October 1 through October 31 . A person possessing the 
prescribed turkey hunting permit may take two (2) turkeys 
of either sex during the season. Turkeys may be taken only 
by shotgun with shot no larger than No. 4 or bow; without 
the use of dogs, bait, electronic calls or live decoys; from 
one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise to sunset in all counties 
except: Dunklin, McDonald, Mississippi, New Madrid, 
Newton, Pemiscot, and Scott. Possession of electronic 
calls, or shotshells loaded with shot larger than No. 4 is 
prohibited while hunting turkeys. A person, while in the 
act of pursuing or hunting turkey on a fall firearms permit, 
shall not have both a firearm and bow on his/her person 
with the following exceptions: 

1. Any person who has been issued a concealed carry 
endorsement on a driver's license or non-driver's 
license and such endorsement or license has not been 
suspended, revoked, canceled, or denied may carry 
concealed firearms on or about his/her person while 
hunting. 



2. Any qualified law enforcement officer or qualified 
retired law enforcement officer as defined in the Federal 
Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (1 8 USC 926B or 
1 8 USC 926C) may carry concealed firearms on or about 
his/her person while hunting. 

(Firearms possessed under these exceptions may not be 
used to tal<e wildlife while hunting with a bow. Proof of this 
exception must be carried while hunting.) 

(C) Fall Archery Season. A person possessing the prescribed 
archer's hunting permit may take two (2) turkeys of either 
sex from September 1 5 through January 1 5, excluding the 
dates of the November portion of the firearms deer season. 
Turkeys may be taken only by bows and atlatl; without the 
use of dogs, bait, electronic calls, or live decoys; from one- 
half (1/2) hour before sunrise to one-half (1/2) hour after 
sunset. Possession of electronic calls is prohibited while 
hunting turkeys. An archer, while in the act of pursuing 

or hunting turkey on an archer's permit, shall not have a 
firearm on his/her person with the following exceptions: 

1. Any person who has been issued a concealed carry 
endorsement on a driver's license or non-driver's 
license and such endorsement or license has not been 
suspended, revoked, canceled, or denied may carry 
concealed firearms on or about his/her person while 
hunting. 

2. Any qualified law enforcement officer or qualified 
retired law enforcement officer as defined in the Federal 
Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (1 8 USC 926B or 

1 8 USC 926C) may carry concealed firearms on or about 
his/her person while hunting. 

(Firearms possessed under these exceptions may not be 
used to tal<e wildlife while hunting with a bow. Proof of this 
exception must be carried while hunting.) 

(D) Youth Spring Season. The two (2)-day youth spring 
season will begin annually on the Saturday nine (9) days 



i-iunting Safety is No Accident 



If you are involved in a firearms-related hunting incident, 
the law requires that you identify yourself and render 
assistance to the victim. Failure to do so is a Class A misde- 
meanor. 

There were four nonfatal and one fatal firearms-related 
hunting incidents during the 201 1 spring turkey season. As 
you will see, simple carelessness and failure to positively 
identify game can result in injury or death. Don't make the 
same mistakes these hunters made. 

April 9 — A 15-year-old boy, his 1 1 -year-old sister and their 
adult mentor were sitting along a logging trail. When a turkey 




approached, the adult told the boy to shoot. He wounded the 
turkey, which began to run away. As the boy stood up to take 
another shot, the adult said, "shoot it again." Both children 
fired, and the girl's shot struck her brother in the right arm. 

April 1 — A father and son were walking through a small 
clearing when the father saw what he thought was a turkey. 
Both hunters lay down on the ground, and the father told 
his son to shoot. The shot struck another father and son who 
were also hunting turkeys. 

April 23 — A man watched another hunter walk across 
an open field toward where he was hunting. To alert the 



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prior to the Monday opening of the spring season, except 
that when the youth season would overlap with Easter 
weekend the season will open on the Saturday prior to 
Easter weekend. Any person possessing the prescribed 
turkey hunting permit and who is at least six (6) but not 
older than fifteen (1 5) years of age on the opening day 
of the youth spring season may take only one (1) male 
turkey or turkey with visible beard during the youth spring 
season. A turkey harvested during the youth spring season 
will count towards an individual's spring season bag limit- 
individuals hunting under the prescribed turkey hunting 
permit may not harvest a second bird during the first 
week of the spring season. Turkeys may be taken only by 
shotgun with shot no larger than No. 4, or bow, without 
the use of dogs, bait, electronic calls, or live decoys, from 
one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise to sunset. Possession of 
electronic calls or shotshells loaded with shot larger than 
No. 4 is prohibited while hunting turkeys. 

(2) Hunters who take a turkey shall void their permit 
immediately by notching the month and date of harvest. The 
voided permit shall be attached to the turkey. Turkeys may be 
possessed and transported only by the taker until reported 
through theTelecheck Harvest Reporting System. All turkeys 
taken shall be accurately reported through theTelecheck 
Harvest Reporting System by 1 0:00 p.m. on the day taken by 
the taker or in the taker's immediate presence. The Telecheck 
confirmation number shall be recorded immediately on the 
turkey hunting permit as indicated on the permit. The head 
and plumage ofthe turkey shall remain intact until the turkey 
is reported through theTelecheck Harvest Reporting System. 
All turkeys shall be reported through theTelecheck Harvest 
Reporting System prior to processing or being removed from 
the state. 

(3) Bait shall mean grain or other feed placed or scattered so 
as to constitute an attraction or enticement to turkeys. An 



area shall be considered baited for ten (1 0) days following 
complete removal ofthe bait. 

(4) Each permit holder hunting with a shotgun shall first 
affix an approved safety sticker to the receiver of his/her gun 
where it will be in his/her line of sight when shooting, and 
maintain the sticker on the gun when hunting. 

(5) A resident landowner or lessee as defined in 3 CSR 
10-20.805, possessing a landowner turkey hunting permit, 
may take and possess turkeys in accordance with this rule 
on his/her land or, in the case ofthe lessee, on the land on 
which s/he resides and shall report the turkeys through the 
Telecheck Harvest Reporting System as required in this rule. 

(6) Any person who kills or injures any wild turkey shall make 
a reasonable effort to retrieve the turkey and include it in his/ 
her season limit. 

(7) Turkeys (or parts thereof ) reported in accordance with 
established procedures, when labeled with the full name, 
address, and confirmation number of the taker, may be 
possessed, transported, given away, and stored by anyone. 

(8) In accordance with section 270.400, RSMo feral hogs 
(any hog, including Russian and European wild boar, that is 
not conspicuously identified by ear tags or other forms of 
identification and is roaming freely upon public or private 
lands without the landowner's permission) may be taken in 
any number during the spring firearms turkey season and 
youth spring season only by the holder of a valid, unused 
turkey hunting permit; and only by methods and times 
prescribed for taking turkeys. During the fall firearms turkey 
season, feral hogs may be taken only by the holder of a valid, 
unused turkey hunting permit or a small game hunting 
permit; and only by methods prescribed in Chapter 7 for 
taking wildlife, and without the use of bait. Other restrictions 
may apply on public lands. Resident landowners or lessees 
as defined in this Code may take feral hogs on their own 
property at any time, by any method and without permit. 



approaching hunter, the man stood up, removed his mask 
and gloves, and moved from behind the tree where he was 
sitting. At this time the approaching hunter fired, shooting 
the man in the body. The victim fired two shots in the air and 
yelled, but the shooter ran away. 

April 23 — A hunter was gathering his gear after finishing tur- 
key hunting. His gun was propped muzzle-up against a tree. 
When he reached for his gun, vegetation or a piece of equip- 
ment apparently snagged the trigger ofthe gun, causing it 
to fire. The shot struck the victim's head at point-blank range, 
killing him. 



May 4 — A hunter and his companion were calling in a turkey. 
The hunter heard what he thought was the gobbler clucking. 
When he saw what he thought was the red head of a strut- 
ting turkey, he shot, striking another hunter. The victim had 
walked down a logging trail, calling as he went, in an effort to 
ambush the same turkey the shooter had been working. 



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